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Eruption of Mount Pelée, Martinique

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 378 LDGSL/1092
Held at: Geological Society of London
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Full title: Eruption of Mount Pelée, Martinique
Date(s): 1902-1904
Level of description: Series
Extent: 11 items
Name of creator(s): POYER | S | fl 1902 | photographer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Mount Pelée began its eruptions on 23 April 1902, the main eruption occurring on 8 May 1902 which destroyed the nearby town of Saint-Pierre, killing or injuring most of its 30,000 inhabitants. The eruption is considered to be the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century.


Scope and content/abstract:

Nine black and white photographs showing the aftermath of the eruption of Mount Pelée, Martinique, in 1902. Six of the photographs are of the town of Saint-Pierre. Also, manuscript sections of the volcano showing the various stages of the eruption, November 1902-October 1904, by Major W M Hodder, Royal Engineers, 27 October 1904.

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Conditions governing access:

Access is by appointment only, daily readership fee is applicable unless you are a member of the Society. Please contact the Archivist for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to copyright and the condition of the original, may be supplied. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The photographs were presented to the Society by the Commissioner of the Imperial Department of Agriculture for the West Indies, Barbados, 5 August 1902. The section has a date stamp of 10 October 1919. Both were transferred from Library, 2002.

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Publication note:

Section is marked "Flett's Report", possibly referring to the paper: Flett, J S. "Note on a Preliminary Examination of the Ash that fell on Barbados after the Eruption at St. Vincent (West Indies)", 'Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society', vol 58 (1902), pp368-370.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Description by Caroline Lam

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2013

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